Stay safe at home

With darker evenings upon us, stay safe at home.

Thames Valley Police are reminding us all to take basic home security measures to help ensure that we stay safe at home.


Tips to help you stay safe at home.

Reduce the chance of your house being targeted:

  • Invest in a timer light switch.  Vary the time it comes on each day to make it look more natural.
  • Used a radio or TV to give the impression that someone’s home.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.  Mark them with your house number and postcode using a UV pen.
  • Register your valuables via Immobolise and keep an inventory list. It’s free and takes just a few minutes.
  • Photograph jewellery for insurance purpose.  Store it in a suitable safe.
  • Lock your doors and windows.  Make sure you double lock UPVC doors or windows by lifting the handle and locking with the key. Remove keys from locks and place out of reach.
  • If you’re going away, don’t post details on social media.  Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries.  If you have a burglar alarm, make sure it is set before you leave
  • Look out for your neighbours’ houses.  Call the police if you see anything suspicious on 101 or 999 in an emergency.


This halloween, if you don’t want trick-or-treaters to knock at your door, put up a ‘no trick-or-treaters’ sign and close your curtains.

Stay safe at home.  If you don’t know who is calling at your door, you don’t have to answer it. Look through a spy-hole or window before opening the door. Have a chain in place if you do answer your door. If you feel threatened in your home, call 999.

Perhaps Gardiner’s can help to ensure that you or a loved one stay safe at home?  We frequently visit clients for as little as one hour per week helping to promote confidence, build independence and provide reassurance.


My grandparents Dorothy & Ivan (Gus) Gardiner established Gardiner’s in 1968. Dorothy & Gus were very inclusive and ran Gardiner’s as a family business – my mother, uncle & aunt have all been involved with managing the business. Read More